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Junior doctors in training

Haley Gustafson | Daily Press Ark Preschool student Kenzie Berube learns what a stethoscope is from Dr. Kristi King-Flath of Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital at the preschool in Escanaba Tuesday. The preschoolers learned about the human body, performed medical exams on their teddy bears, read a ...

Esky tugboat damaged Straits pipelines

TRAVERSE CITY (AP) — A tugboat anchor struck underwater oil and electrical lines and caused an insulation fluid spill in the waterway connecting Lake Michigan and Lake Huron earlier this month, Michigan’s attorney general said Tuesday. Bill Schuette said he notified VanEnkevort Tug & ...

Suspended sentence for SSA threat

ESCANABA — An Escanaba woman who threatened to blow up the Social Security Administration (SSA) building in Escanaba during a dispute over her benefits has been placed on probation. Julie Marie Lucier, 50, of 1400 1st Ave. S., No. 8, pleaded guilty to one county of malicious use of a ...

Commission gets early look at budget

ESCANABA — Delta County Administrator Ryan Bergman provided an early look at an outline for the county’s 2018-2019 budget during the Delta County Board of Commissioners’ regular meeting Tuesday. While some elements of the budget have not yet been finalized, Bergman said he felt it was ...

Jail sentence given for cocaine felony charges

ESCANABA — A 22-year-old Bark River man was ordered to spend 11 months in jail during his sentencing on three cocaine felonies in Delta County Circuit Court recently. Earlier this year, Michael Montgomery Lee Ward admitted in court to dealing cocaine in 2017 on Feb. 21, Feb. 27 and March ...

Service dog helps kids learn to read

ESCANABA — Students at Soo Hill Elementary School in Escanaba are taking part in a unique reading experience by reading to a therapy dog every week. Escanaba resident Bud Irving and his service dog Choppers visit the school, allowing first grade students to read to the canine as a way to ...

Kulbertis under fire by parents

GLADSTONE — Parents of Gladstone students voiced concerns regarding Superintendent Jay Kulbertis during the Gladstone Area Schools Board of Education’s regular meeting Monday. Kulbertis serves as superintendent for both the Gladstone and Rapid River school districts. In January, the ...

Escanaba tugboat damaged pipeline

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Recent damage to underwater oil and electrical lines in the waterway connecting Lake Huron and Lake Michigan that's blamed for an insulation fluid spill was caused by a tugboat dragging its anchor, Michigan's attorney general said Tuesday. Attorney General Bill ...

Esky schools continue kindergarten move talks

ESCANABA — Further discussion on consolidating all kindergarten classes into Webster Elementary School in Escanaba was held at the Escanaba School Board’s regular meeting Monday. Board members were given a presentation from Superintendent Coby Fletcher on the topic, which laid out the ...

Escanaba’s Pepin is Region 1 Teacher of the Year

ESCANABA — Dr. Gina Pepin was among 10 Michigan educators that have been named as 2018-19 Regional Teachers of the Year. Each will comprise the 2018-19 Michigan Teacher Leadership Advisory Council, a group of teachers dedicated to sharing a teacher’s voice in education discussions ...

Scout wants more accessible beach

ESCANABA — A local Boy Scout is working on a community service project to install beach mats at the Gladstone Public Beach to make it more barrier-free. The project will help the scout earn his Eagle Scout rank. Joey Gavlek, 16, of Escanaba, is a member of Troop 408 and has been an active ...

Enough Already! Area gets dumped by another spring snowstorm

ESCANABA — For the second time in two weeks, a spring snowstorm dropped a considerable amount of snow on the area, prompting school cancellations and making travel difficult. The local area was hit with deep and drifting snow that forced many to stay indoors, but accurate snow totals were ...

Dwelling damaged in Sunday fire

ESCANABA — An Escanaba home was damaged by fire early Sunday morning, according to Escanaba Public Safety officers. The blaze was reported at 5:02 a.m. at 327 N. 14th St. Officers attacked the fire from both the exterior and interior of the building and were able to bring the blaze under ...

Lisa Ann marking its first decade in business

Editor’s note: The Daily Press features a profile of an area business each week. This week’s featured business is Lisa Ann in Escanaba. — — — By Jordan Beck jbeck@dailypress.net ESCANABA — Local women’s clothing store Lisa Ann is celebrating its 10th anniversary in style ...

Surrendered dogs prepare for adoption

ESCANABA — Forty-four dogs that were surrendered to the Delta Animal Shelter in Escanaba in March are making progress socially and medically, according to shelter personnel. On Thursday, March 22 shelter employees, volunteers, and Gladstone Public Safety began the process of removing ...

Winter storm to hit area this weekend

ESCANABA — A snowstorm that will likely arrive in the area Sunday could result in more than 10 inches of snow falling locally. Keith White, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service (NWS)’s Marquette office, spoke about this storm and the impact it could have on the Upper ...

Senators seek to shut down oil pipelines

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's two senators called Friday for temporarily shutting down twin oil pipelines in a sensitive Great Lakes waterway that may have been damaged by a ship anchor strike, which also is suspected in the leak of coolant fluid from nearby electric cables. With an ...

Scott Dianda talks issues, state senate run

ESCANABA — Michigan state Senate candidate Scott Dianda visited Escanaba Tuesday to discuss his campaign and his goals for the region. In his current position as a state representative, Dianda serves the 110th House District, which is comprised of Baraga, Gogebic, Houghton, Iron, Keweenaw and ...

Lund to run for probate court judge

GLADSTONE — Attorney Perry R. Lund, from Gladstone, has declared his candidacy for the position of Delta County Probate Judge, which will become vacant when Judge Robert E. Goebel, Jr. retires from the judgeship at the end of the year after 39 years of service. Lund, 52, is a lifelong ...

Trump vows to back law to protect marijuana industry

DENVER (AP) — President Donald Trump has promised to support legislation protecting the marijuana industry in states that have legalized the drug, a move that could lift a threat to the industry made by the U.S. attorney general just three months ago. Republican Sen. Cory Gardner of ...